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The Color of Lies by Perri Forrest
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Warning: Review does contain spoilers.
“Everything that happens in the dark comes to light.”~ Cover quote, The Color of Lies
When one first sees the title The Color of Lies, you already know there is going to be some level of drama in the form of lies.
One is probably thinking, “Why even go deeper when the title gives away some of the action?” It is similar to watching the movie Titanic—yes, you know the Titanic hits the iceberg and people end up dying.
Yet there are quite a few people who watch anyway.
The reason: It is all about the details.
The Color of Lies starts off with the introduction of Brooklyn Kellogg, a lady who starts off a detective agency known as Pandora’s Box. Think of Pandora’s Box as a Cheaters Detective Agency, only without all of cameras and Joey Greco.
However, Pandora’s Box is tailored towards helping women discover the truth birthed from Brooklyn’s own experience with betrayal. Brooklyn perceives herself as helping these women and wishing she would have had a Pandora’s Box back in the day to help her when she caught her man cheating.
However, there may be some who still have the feeling that she gets a sense of payback when each man in the case gets caught in an indiscretion. She says she has moved past it, but some may wonder—has she really?
Perri wastes no time in introducing us to Erik Warren, one who attracts beautiful women. He’s the type of man who should have stayed a bachelor, yet he chose to get married. Little does he know that his whole set up: from his Facebook meet and greets to his main mistress and side pieces, is about to get turned upside down.
That is the way it goes: the cheater is so caught up in his own operation that he gets sloppy on any type of surveillance or infiltration. The spidey senses that the wife may know something gets zoned out at the high of getting the next number, the next meeting, or the hopeful ending, the next nut.
The wife, Laura, comes to Pandora’s Box, seeking confirmation that her husband is cheating. It is apparent that she is fed up. However, I couldn’t help but wonder if she’s really hoping her suspicions are more on point than absolutely wrong.
More to come on that in a few.
Pandora’s Box wastes no time. Facebook isn’t just for networking with friends, family members, and colleagues anymore. Facebook is becoming the MGF in its’ own right. By MGF, I mean “Meet, Greet, and Fcuk” spot.
One of Pandora Box’s detectives, Sarai, is able to get close enough to Erik to secure his confidence while Oscar, the tail guy, gets close enough to record everything that happens. Not just with Erik and Sarai but also with the mistress whose house he frequents. It doesn’t take long for Pandora’s Box to get evidence to present to Laura.
Now back to why I suspect that Laura may have a backup plan.
In Chapter Ten, there’s a hint of a “new friend” that is mentioned on the day she is about to get the news about Erik. It’s also hinted at towards the end of read. Laura has her divorce lawyer on speed dial, which tells me that this move is way more calculated than it was presented.
Is Laura trying to get her life right by getting free of “a toxic marriage”? Or has she been up to no good and wants to justify her actions by getting dirt on Erik?
This is the third writing I’ve followed from Perri, and I have seen wonderful growth in her writing.
One of the first things I’ve noticed is the flow of the action has a great smoothness to it. None of it seems overly dramatic or forced.
The Color of Lies also has a great balance between current story and back story.
For example, the Introduction gave a peek into Brooklyn Kellogg, leaving us wondering about her back story. Her back story gets presented in Chapter Two. Then, we are wondering how she got involved in detective work, and that immediately follows in Chapter Three. Once all of that is covered, Perri goes back to the story of Erik and Laura. It is excellent spacing and keeps the reader from getting confused.
This novelette also does a great job with giving each character some level of importance. Even Brooklyn’s detectives, Sarai and Oscar, have their stories to tell. It’s not like the two of them were thrown in the mix and not have any special value attached. Not a character in the story—not even the side chic and mistress—was wasted space, and that can be hard to achieve.
The Color of Lies could definitely stand as is, yet one can’t help but want to know more about the characters presented.
Will Laura’s “new life” make her want the old again?
Is Sarai’s initial attraction to Erik real, and if so, will she act upon it, throwing caution to the wind on her professionalism?
Will Erik be pleased at his divorce from Laura so he can be with different women at will or does Laura wield more power than any of us realizes on his professional status?
Why would Laura’s cousin refer Laura to Pandora’s Box, knowing she was the mistress?
If you have never read any of Perri’s work, I highly recommend you take a look at this one—it has the perfect blend of betrayal, characters, and sensual overtones. It’s like a mini soap opera in a book.
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